Clean Weed: Inside an ‘Organic’ Marijuana Farm

Conventional marijuana is grown with pesticides. The Clean Green label hopes to help consumers and farmers find a chemical-free alternative.
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SoFresh Farms, in Canby, Oregon, is not what I expect. When I finally find it, on an out-of-the-way gravel road, I’m struck by how ordinary this rural neighborhood is. There’s a produce farm on one side; a man raising Longhorn cattle on the other. Magnificent Mount Hood dominates the skyline. Other than the 12-foot-high wooden… Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: House Passes ‘DARK Act’, a Fast Food Worker Victory, & Farmers Tap Recycled Water

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Busy week? We’ve rounded up the food news you might have missed: U.S. House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Law (Reuters) After a heated debate on the House floor Thursday morning, the measure was approved 275-150. The bill, which would block the existing GMO labeling labeling law in Vermont and prevent others like it, has not yet been… Read More

Are ‘Superfoods’ Over?

A closer look at a wildly popular, totally unregulated food label.
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Over the past decade, blueberries have become big business in the U.S. In 1998, the Oregon blueberry harvest was 17 million pounds. By 2013, blueberry production had catapulted to 90 million pounds, on track to reach 150 million over the next five years. Blueberries are certainly  delicious and nutritious, but how much of the Pacific Northwest’s $94-billion-a-year industry can be attributed to the humble fruit’s makeover—by dieticians, cookbook authors, and celebrity doctors—into a superfood? Read More

This Sliding Scale Café Takes Food Access to the Next Level

At the Denver-based SAME Café, customers pay what they can.
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SAME Café co-owner Libby Birky says it isn’t uncommon for people to stand confused at the front entrance of this Denver, Colorado, lunch spot, trying to understand exactly how to order a meal. What looks like a casual restaurant is actually a community café—a new, but increasingly popular, business model using a “pay-what-you-wish” approach. Customers walk in, place their order, and sit down with their food. Most diners do pay for their meals—about 75 percent pay something—but none are handed a bill. Read More

Are Hospital Farms the Next Big Thing in Healthcare Reform?

When it comes to improving the food on today's hospital trays, some medical institutions are finding that onsite farms are the next logical step.
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This summer, St. Luke’s Hospital started sending all new moms home from the hospital with a basket of fresh produce, recipes and literature about the importance of a healthy diet.

All of the produce in the basket was grown on an organic farm on the hospital’s Anderson campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The hospital—part of a six-campus network—has been running a farm on the 500-acre grounds since 2014. Read More

5 Things To Know About the ‘DARK Act’

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 moving through the House of Representatives would have major implications on GMO labeling and crop production.
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Update: After we published this article, several House Democrats filed amendments, potentially disabling several key parts of the bill. What you see below refers to the bill’s original language. 

There are two names for H.R. 1599, the controversial Republican-backed bill concerning GMO labeling that is currently moving through the House of Representatives. Read More

This Catskills Camp Immerses City Kids in Self-Sufficiency and Salad

From goats, to chickens, to jam-making, the camp immerses kids in 100-acres of farm and food fun.
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This post originally appeared in Edible Manhattan.

For teenagers accustomed to the fauna of New York City—pigeons, rats, cockroaches—Roxie the goat is a game-changer.

Each summer, a group of 120 lucky high schoolers treks north to a place called Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms in the Catskill Mountains to spend 12 days, fully funded by scholarships, with Roxie and a team of educators intent on building community and leadership through experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Pastured Poultry Week, Cheap Bacon, and Vanishing Zinc

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Here’s the food news you won’t want to miss this week:

GMO Labeling is at the Center of a Congressional Food Fight (Washington Post)

The House Ag Committee passed the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (known by advocates as the Deny Americans the Right to Know–or DARK–Act). The bill would overturn existing state GMO labeling laws and stop state and local governments from regulating any process related to production of GMO crops. It will likely be voted on by the full House before the August recess.

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Goodbye Tipping, Hello Living Wage: The Changing Face of Progressive Restaurants

In cities like Oakland and Seattle, where the minimum wage is on the rise, restaurants are raising prices and rethinking tips as a way to level the playing field for workers.
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A new message appearing at the top of the menu at Camino, a high-end restaurant in Oakland, California, declares the end of an age-old American practice. “No more tips!” it reads. “Our prices now include service so we can pay our employees a living wage.” Read More